Proverbs 8:19 - "My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver."

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     God has given us His Word to help us resist the devil. The

book of Proverbs uses practical matters for applying every day

life. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues

of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

     God desires for us to have a deeply spiritual life and in

doing so, it is important to guard our hearts. Now, you may ask

how do I guard my heart? Our thoughts control our attitudes

and often times, our attitudes influence our behaviors. “For as

he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to

thee; but his heart is not with thee” (Proverbs 23:7).

     When we look closely at the verse in Proverbs 23:7, we can

see that this verse is referring to a person who is saying one

thing, but his heart and attitude are very much different than

what he is saying. In guarding our hearts, we must keep a

vigilant watch over our hearts and resist the devil! Here are

some ways in which we have the ability:

• Replace lies with truth: What lies do I believe about myself or

the world around me, and how is that affecting my relationship

with God?

• Express thankfulness: Psalms is full of songs of praise and

thanksgiving to God. Have a heart of gratitude and

thanksgiving to God daily. Take time to let God know you are

thankful and grateful. 

• Search your heart: What sins or bad habits in my life are

weighing me down from a higher moral conduct?

     “Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the

renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). According to Matthew

Henry’s Commentary, believers are to dedicate themselves to

God. (1,2) To be humble, and faithfully to use their spiritual

gifts, in their respective stations. (3-8) Exhortations to various

duties. (9-16) And to peaceable conduct towards all men, with

forbearance and benevolence. (17-21).

     When God gets ready to change someone, He changes her

thought process. Christ desires that we present our bodies and

minds to Him that He may transform us. The devil knows how

important it is to control the mind, but when God is in our

hearts, the devil cannot control our thoughts. “For I know the

thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of

peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah

29:11). It is vital to our spiritual health to be cautious what

comes into our minds.

     When your mind is clear and right with God, when you have

the mind of Christ, when you’re being transformed by the Word

of God, the power of God, and the Spirit of God is evident in

your thoughts, then you will desire to do the will of God. God

has a wonderful plan for your life. I encourage you continue to

guard your heart and to read the book of Proverbs, in which

you will learn His plan for you in having health, wealth, and